Light Therapies

A Complete Guide to the Healing Power of Light

Light Therapies

A comprehensive guide to the therapeutic benefits of light and color and how they affect our physical and psychological well-being • Shares scientific research on how different wavelengths of light influence our cells, brain function, sleep patterns, and emotional stability • Examines several forms of light therapy, including chromotherapy, heliotherapy, actinotherapy, and thermotherapy • Explains how to use light and color therapy, maximize the benefits of sunlight, and avoid the health risks of new light sources such as compact fluorescents and LEDs Beginning with sun worship in prehistory and sunshine therapies in ancient Egypt, Greece, and India, light has long been associated with the sublime, the divine, and healing. Yet only recently have we begun to understand how different parts of the light spectrum, from infrared to ultraviolet, can affect our physical and psychological well-being. Covering the historic, scientific, and spiritual aspects of light and its role in energy medicine, Anadi Martel explores the vibrational nature of light and the interaction between light, biology, and consciousness. He demonstrates light’s incredible effects on the physical, energetic, and cognitive dimensions of life and examines several forms of light therapy, including chromotherapy (color therapy), heliotherapy (sun therapy), actinotherapy (ultraviolet therapy), and thermotherapy (infrared therapy). He details how to use light therapy daily, get optimal benefits from sunlight, and avoid the health risks of new artificial lighting such as compact fluorescents and LEDs. Combining his own 30 years of research with practical insight from the many phototherapy pioneers he’s encountered, the author examines scientific studies on how specific wavelengths of light influence our cells and DNA, brain function, sleep patterns, and emotional stability; speed the healing of wounds; and are effective in the treatment of disease, including arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and brain and nerve injuries. Exploring the spiritual aspects of light, the author explains why auras and halos have been used to represent sages and saints of all traditions, revealing the intimate link between light and consciousness. Investigating the many laser, monochrome, audiovisual, and infrared machines designed to heal disease and treat emotional disorders, Martel also reveals promising medical applications for light that are currently in development, inviting the reader not only to appreciate the complexities of light but to maximize its therapeutic dimensions.

Healing with Red Light Therapy

How Red and Near-Infrared Light Can Manage Pain, Combat Aging, and Transform Your Health

Healing with Red Light Therapy

Discover the revolutionary power of low-level laser therapy (aka photobiomodulation) for the pain-free treatment of arthritis, psoriasis, hair loss, acne, cold sores, joint pain, scarring, and more. Red light therapy is dramatically changing the world of health care. Studies show using red and near-infrared light can have incredible effects, from managing chronic pain to even slowing the signs of aging. This natural, drug-free, red light therapy treatment can be found at your doctor’s office, spa, and even in the comfort of your own home. These at-home lights are increasing in popularity as they become more affordable and accessible online, but using them safely and effectively is crucial. With so many different devices, online advisories, and treatment options, this book is your go-to guide to understanding the ins and outs of this revolutionary therapy. Inside you’ll find information about: - How light therapy works - Easy-to-understand breakdown of recent studies - Different light source devices and types - The importance of correct dosage - Treatment of chronic pain, skin aging and other conditions, joint pain, and more With patient testimonials and interviews with leading health professionals, Healing with Red Light Therapy will give you all the tools you need to harness the healing power of light therapy.

Light-Based Therapies for Skin of Color

Light-Based Therapies for Skin of Color

Light-based therapies have been a major component of dermatologic practice. Historically, these treatment modalities have been mainly tailored to the treatment of patients with light skin. Principles governing use of light therapies in skin of color are less defined. However, there is a tremendous need to understand the benefits and limitations of these therapeutic options for dark-skinned patients as well. Demographic data in the United States alone indicate that the population and recipients of health care are rapidly changing with regard to skin phototype. Physicians who are involved in the delivery of care for patients with cutaneous problems that can be addressed by light treatments need to be able to fully understand the mechanisms, applications, risks, efficacy, adverse events, and other pertinent issues in considering treatment options for their patients with pigmented skin.

The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

Essential Information for Patients, Survivors and Health Professionals

The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

This book guides the way through the often confusing maze of complementary and alternative therapies promoted to cancer patients and survivors. The functions, benefits, backgrounds and risks are clearly presented. --from publisher description.

Proceedings of Light-Activated Tissue Regeneration and Therapy Conference

Proceedings of Light-Activated Tissue Regeneration and Therapy Conference

This book is the first to present the mechanism which explains why light is an effective treatment for so many illnesses and diseases. The book not only explains this mechanism, but describes uses for the mechanism, as well as what new work is planned and what changes will be seen in FDA regulations. Extensive papers and coverage on many interesting topics are included.

Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine - E-Book

Expert Consult Premium Edition - Enhanced Online Features

Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine - E-Book

Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 5th Edition, by Meir H. Kryger, MD, FRCPC, Thomas Roth, PhD, and William C. Dement, MD, PhD, delivers the comprehensive, dependable guidance you need to effectively diagnose and manage even the most challenging sleep disorders. Updates to genetics and circadian rhythms, occupational health, sleep in older people, memory and sleep, physical examination of the patient, comorbid insomnias, and much more keep you current on the newest areas of the field. A greater emphasis on evidence-based approaches helps you make the most well-informed clinical decisions. And, a new more user-friendly, full-color format, both in print and online, lets you find the answers you need more quickly and easily. Whether you are preparing for the new sleep medicine fellowship examination, or simply want to offer your patients today's best care, this is the one resource to use! Make optimal use of the newest scientific discoveries and clinical approaches that are advancing the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders.

Photobiomodulation in the Brain

Low-Level Laser (Light) Therapy in Neurology and Neuroscience

Photobiomodulation in the Brain

Photobiomodulation in the Brain: Low-Level Laser (Light) Therapy in Neurology and Neuroscience presents the fundamentals of photobiomodulation and the diversity of applications in which light can be implemented in the brain. It will serve as a reference for future research in the area, providing the basic foundations readers need to understand photobiomodulation’s science-based evidence, practical applications and related adaptations to specific therapeutic interventions. The book covers the mechanisms of action of photobiomodulation to the brain, and includes chapters describing the pre-clinical studies and clinical trials that have been undertaken for diverse brain disorders, including traumatic events, degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders. Provides a much-needed reference on photobiomodulation with an unprecedented focus on the brain and its disorders Features a body of world-renowned editors and chapter authors that promote research, policy and funding Discusses the recent and rapid accumulation of literature in this area of research and the shift towards the use of non-invasive techniques in therapy

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond

Light Treatment for SAD and Non-SAD Conditions

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond

In 1984, Dr. Norman Rosenthal and his colleagues published a seminal research paper on seasonal affective disorder (SAD), unveiling what they were convinced was the healing power of light therapy for people suffering from the illness. Since then, many scientific and medical communities have come to believe that the therapeutic use of light holds great promise for not only SAD, but also a variety of other disorders. This wide-ranging book combines in a single, cohesive reference new, up-to-the-minute findings with a complete summary of the available literature on light therapy. Seventeen contributors, leading clinicians studying the effects and uses of light treatment, discuss the impact of light and light therapy on such conditions as SAD, premenstrual depression, circadian phase sleep disorders, jet lag, shift work disorders, insomnia, and behavioral disturbances. Challenging conventional thinking about light therapy, several contributing authors make convincing cases for its positive effects in treating nonseasonal depression, bulimia nervosa, and other illnesses. Finally, members of a joint task force of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms and the American Sleep Disorders Association explore the use of light for treating sleep disorders, as well as a combination of light and melatonin in some cases. Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond is an invaluable reference tool for clinicians, researchers, scientists, students, and consumers who want the latest information and opinion about the therapeutic uses of light compiled in one succinct, comprehensive volume.